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tow truck drivers used chains to pull trucks out of drifts. throughout the state, power lines became encased in heavy snow and ice. others were brought down by falling trees. power company workers braved brutal conditions as they struggled to turn the lights back on. in maryland, the chesapeake bay bridge was closed after a tractor-trailer overturned and nearly plummeted into the bay. winds topped 49 miles an hour. in washington, a city with a reputation for overreacting to bad weather, nearly the entire federal government was closed today. but after dire predictions, the storm barely touched the city. on capitol hill, the house of representatives held an abbreviated session before heading for the exits. many members, though, were unable to leave town because nearly 550 departures from reagan national and dulles airports were canceled, leaving the corridor there is nearly empty.
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in the mountains west of here, scott, some areas got 20 inches of snow and winds are still gusting at 40 miles an hour. officials say that's why the number of people without power is expected to continue to rise. >> pelley: chip, thank you. the big worry along the new jersey shore is flooding and jim axelrod is in seaside heights tonight, jim? >> reporter: well, the wind's been whipping steadily here all day, scott, and as night falls it feels even fiercer. there will be two high tides in the next 14 hours on the jersey shore that will determine the extent of the damage here. it's been a rough four months in seaside heights, new jersey. superstorm sandy destroyed the boardwalk that drives the town's economy. now wind gusts could reach 50 miles per hour and the coastal flood warning is in effect until morning. mayor bill acres has had just about enough. >> i think we're entitled to a break. we don't seem to be getting it right now. >> reporter: sand berms built
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since sandy are expected to protect the ocean side of this barrier island but the bay side is vulnerable to flooding because the october storm pushed sand and debris into the bay. >> there's no doubt about it. you just look at the bay side and the levels have definitely changed there. the bay is higher now. >> reporter: seaside heights has been racing the clock to get the board walk rebuilt by memorial day. this storm has quieted the heavy machinery for now. >> if you're telling me that at the end of the day that nobody is further damaged, we have no injuries and we just lost a couple days, that's a home run. >> reporter: normally on the jersey shore, the mayor tells us, a nor'easter in march is a bit of a shoulder shrugger. but sandy has changed everything here, which is why people are waiting anxiously tonight, scott, to see just how bad the flooding will be. >> pelley: more weather tomorrow. jim, thanks very much. as chip just showed us, the heavy snow that was expected in washington never came, and that
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gave congress a chance to pass legislation to keep the government running. spending authority was due to run out this month and there was worry that that would trigger yet another partisan crisis. but republicans and democrats passed the bill in the house and the senate is next. speaking of bipartisan president obama is hosting a dinner tonight to talk over the budget with republicans and we turn to major garrett at the white house. major? >> reporter: scott, at this moment, president obama is engaging in the most conspicuous outreach to senate republicans of his second term. the dinner includes republicans like kelly ayotte, senator lindsey graham and john mccain as well as nine other republicans. president obama asked graham of south carolina to organize the dinner, which is occurring at the jefferson hotel blocks from here. graham told us he chose republicans open to negotiating a so-called grand bargain with the president that would include tax reform and cuts to medicare and social security. now, senior advisors tell us
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scott, that the president knows he's in a political vice. he needs republican help to alleviate the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration but he can't get that help unless he negotiates a bigger deficit-cutting deal. tonight's dinner, scott, may be a step in that direction. >> pelley: may be a thaw on a cold night. thank you. nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us. what do the senate republicans think of the invitation, nancy? >> reporter: scott, they were tkpwreurbs today saying they were honored to be invited but they pointed out in previous presidencies this would not be big news because it would be a more common occurrence. in fact, senator susan colins of maine, a moderate republican who was not invited, told us in the beginning of his presidency mr. obama used to reach out to her by phone every couple of months and so did his chief of staff. but in recent years she said those calls have dried up, which is pretty surprising because she is an important swing vote for democrats on many issues. a couple months ago i asked the president about what's seen as
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his lack of contact with members of both parties here on capitol hill and he said he was going to be doing some self-reflection in the a second term to work on that relationship and it looks like that's what he's doing here, scott. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. in arkansas today, lawmakers have given that state the most restrictive abortion law in the country. abortions will be banned after the 12th week of pregnancy with few exceptions. governor mike beebee insists the law is unconstitutional, but the legislature overroad his veto today. six days after pope benedict stepped down, the cardinals appear in no hurry to replace him. they let another day pass without setting a date for the election and now, as mark phillips tells us, they've taken a vow of silence. >> reporter: the cardinals' meetings and their discussions of the church's many troubles are so sensitive they've been told not to talk about them the outside world. >> let's go!
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bye-bye. >> reporter: though not even donning civilian disguise and trying to escape by bicycle as french cardinal philippe barbarin did could avoid the questions. pressure of another kind is rising as well. >> we're here today to list the dirty dozen. >> reporter: barbara doris of the group representing victims of priestly child abuse presented a list of cardinals the group finds unacceptable as papal candidates. among them, three americans, o'malley of boston, accused of not firing an official for sexual harassment. o'malley said he reprimand it had official and threatened to fire him if it happened again. donald wuerl of washington d.c., accused of not warning parishioners when abusive priests were moved to their areas. the church said the warning wasn't a legal requirement. and timothy dolan of new york, accused of paying off pedophile priests to leave the ministry early, an allegation he at first denied but which court documents later proved to be true.
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but while preparations are under way in the sistine chapel to turn it into the world's most elaborately decorated polling booth, the voting and the fabled burning of ballots may not start for a while yet. cardinals like south africa's wilfred napier, who spoke to us despite the vatican gag order, said the pre-conclave talks can't be rushed because, after all, the next pope is in the room. >> when we do reach the point of selecting a pope, we will have a much fuller idea of what kind of challenges he's going to have to lead the church into. >> reporter: so nobody's feeling rushed. >> i don't think so. no i don't think so. >> reporter: the new pope, whoever he is, whenever he's chosen, will find a secret report waiting for him on the vatican's many problems, a report commissioned by the old pope. the cardinals say they're prolonging their discussion so the content of that report scott, don't come as a shock. >> pelley: and still waiting for word on when the voting begins. mark, thanks very much.
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>> pelley: former arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords made a plea today for stricter background checks for gun purchases. she did it at the same tucson supermarket where she and 19 others were shot two years ago. giffords' husband, mark kelly, noted that the shooter was able to buy his guns despite a history of mental illness. people with mental illness often wind up in confrontations with the police. in maine, new hampshire, connecticut, wyoming, and montana-- the only states that keep such records-- it turns out that just under half of the police shootings involved mentally ill suspects. what can police departments do about this? anna werner reports. >> it's just hard because he's my little brother. >> reporter: jonelle ellis' 25- year-old brother kenneth returned from iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. he spent three months as an inpatient at a veterans affairs
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hospital. >> you know, we can offer them all the services in the world, but we can't protect them from what's going on in their head. >> reporter: on january 13 2010, police investigating an auto theft ring stopped ellis for questioning in a convenience store parking lot. ellis held a gun to his head pacing for ten minutes telling police he did not want to hurt anyone else but was going to kill himself. police told him repeatedly to put down the gun. >> shots fired. >> reporter: then suddenly a police officer shot him. ellis died at the scene. he was one of 18 people shot and killed by albuquerque police since 2010. police chief ray schultz says as many as 40% of them, like ellis, were mentally ill. why do you think so many of these people wind up getting shot? >> they are in active crisis and very often their actions become very aggressive and officers
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find themselves in a situation where they have to make a split- second decision and very often it's a life-and-death decision. >> you guys aren't doing anything about it! >> reporter: since 2005, schultz' department has run a program to teach officers crisis intervention techniques using actors to portray people with mental disorders. >> let's start off by getting your first name. >> reporter: but just one in four officers gets that training. >> our goal is to try to limit those number of encounters and what we're wanting our officers to do is get there quickly but once they get there slow things down. and help the person work through their crisis. >> reporter: though he admits his officers need the training schultz insists the past police shootings are justified. the ellis shooting was ruled justified by your department. do you agree?
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>> yes. that's the case i did review and the officer made that decision based on the actions of mr. ellis. >> reporter: did he at any time ever point the gun in anyone else's direction? >> no. >> reporter: so he wasn't a threat, was he, to anybody else but himself? >> well, he was a threat because of his location and all the people that were there. officers had made a decision that they were going to keep him contained in a very specific area. once he started to make a movement away from that area they had concerns about his ability to harm other people. >> reporter: the ellis family is suing the city over his death. the day after our interview with the police chief, the civil court judge in that case ruled that when police shot kenneth ellis they did use excessive force. not at any time, the judge said, was ellis ever a threat to police or anyone else and, scott, the department of justice is now investigating the albuquerque police department's use of force. the department recently found that four other police departments-- seattle, portland,
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new orleans, and puerto rico-- routinely use excessive force against mentally ill suspects. >> pelley: anna, thank you very much. what's it like surfing with a mountain of water right on top of you? we'll show you in a moment. moment. le about a study that looked at the long term health benefits of taking multivitamins. they used centrum silver for the study... so i guess my wife was right. [ male announcer ] centrum. always your most complete. sorry. sore knee. blast of cold feels nice. why don't you use bengay zero degrees? it's the one you store in the freezer. same medicated pain reliever used by physical therapists. that's chilly! [ male announcer ] bengay zero degrees. freeze and move on. [ male announcer ] let's say you pay your guy around 2% to manage your money. that's not much, you think. except it's 2% every year. go to e-trade and find out how much our advice and guidance costs. spoiler alert: it's low. it's guidance on your terms not ours. e-trade. less for us. more for you.
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where the african geologic plate has rammed into the eurasian plate, a spectacular sight-- as were the waves off the coast of portugal in late january. that's when garrett mcnamara caught what may be the biggest wave ever surfed-- perhaps 100 feet tall. mcnamara already held the record for a 78-foot wave and in an interview for "60 minutes" sports, mcnamara told anderson cooper what that ride was like. >> reporter: to catch the wave that put him into the record books, garrett mcnamara had to be towed by a jetski, a camera mounted on his surf board and one on the shore records him as he gets into place, lets go of the tow rope and begins the ride of his life. he had no idea at the time this would become probably the most famous wave in the history of surfing.
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>> i didn't realize it was that big of a wave until it came down from above and just boom right on my shoulders and it almost squawked me. i almost collapsed. >> it's hard for people who have not written a 78-foot wave to understand what it feels like, the power of that wave. how do you describe it? >> a lot of us have snowboarded or skied. just imagine going as fast as you go down a mountain and then imagine hitting some ice, maybe some moguls. and then imagine an avalanche coming down after you. then imagine not trying to run away from it, trying to stay as close as possible to it the whole time. and have it chasing you and now the mountain's moving and not just the avalanche but the whole mountain is moving. that's what it's like riding these giant waves.
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>> reporter: it sounds terrifying. >> (laughs) for the average person -- it could easily be hell. >> pelley: you can see, for the first time, garrett mcnamara's latest giant wave on "60 minutes sports" tonight at 9:00 eastern time on the show time network. now to one of the biggest wipeouts in history. roy brown designed the ed sell a car synonymous with a flop. introduced in 1957, it had such innovations as a push button transmission, but critics hated the design, including a grill that some compared to a toilet seat. we got word that roy brown has died at the age of 96. these days, collectors will pay six figures for an edsel. maybe it wasn't such a bad idea after all, just ahead of its time. a half century after her father ordered an attack on civil rights marchers, she's writing a new chapter for her family's history. that's next.
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>> dr. martin luther king, jr. back in 1965 being interviewed by our bill plante covering the civil rights movement. bill has brought us a new story that has roots in that era about a father's legacy of racial hatred and a daughter's personal march toward redemption. >> segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever! >> reporter: at his inauguration in 1963, alabama governor george wallace personified racist defiance of civil rights. six months later he blocked the doors of the university of alabama to prevent integration. his daughter peggy was 13 at the time. >> the problems and the challenges that came with being the daughter of the governor who stood in the schoolhouse door to block two african- americans from going to school was very, very difficult. >> reporter: but when were you younger, did you think his earlier positions were wrong? >> my mother kept us very, very sheltered.
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so there were a lot of things that we didn't really know about. and so we weren't able to really think about them or have an opinion. >> reporter: peggy wallace married and raised two sons in alabama, rarely speaking about her father, until she watched america elect its first black president. >> all of a sudden, i just found voice and i said, i need to do something with this voice. >> reporter: she decided she would start on the edmund pettus bridge, a place where 48 years ago this week her father ordered police to brutally attack civil rights marchers on what became known as "bloody sunday." [ screaming ] >> reporter: congressman john lewis was badly beaten that day in 1965. for the last five years, to mark the anniversary, peggy wallace kennedy has walked with lewis across the pettus bridge. >> i told him, i said, i've crossed many bridges in my life, and i'll cross many, many more. but the most important bridge i'll ever cross in my life is the one i crossed with you in 2009.
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>> reporter: she is writing a book about the impact of her father's politics on his family and speaking to students and others about her personal journey. >> today, i rise to condemn the politics of exclusion that runs rampant in america. >> reporter: it has to be difficult for someone who was in your position to have come to the place you've come. was it? >> yes, it is. i received a lot of criticism, a lot of hurtful criticism. but i just moved on. and i would just like for my children to not remember where my father stood but where i am standing now. >> reporter: now seeking a legacy of tolerance and inclusion to replace the bigotry that was her inheritance. bill plante, cbs news, montgomery, alabama. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. breaking news in san jose. chopper 5 is above the scene of a fatal stabbing that happened a couple of hours ago. police were called to guadalupe oak grove park in alameda valley. the victim is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s. the area is now a crime scene and police are investigating. this is san jose's 7th homicide of 2013. tonight we are learning more about how super cop bill bratton plans to tackle oakland as crime problem. he and police chief howard jordan made their public debut as a team today to lay out their strategy. kpix 5's phil matier on their plan of attack tonight. >> reporter: just the mention of bill bratton and his "stop & frisk" policy had people talking in oakland even before
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he arrived. so his debut today in front of the media you can imagine everyone turned out. here's the story. as media events go, bill bratton wasted little time getting to the point. >> it's a well-known fact in policing that a very small proportion of the criminal population commits the majority of the crime. in l.a. we call it the 10% solution. 10% of the criminal population commits about 50% of the crime. 10% of the locations in the city are where about 50% of the crime occurs. and 10% of the city's population are about 50% of the victims. >> reporter: to combat that, he says oakland needs to better track crime and use as many outside agencies like the chp and the sheriff's department patrols as possible. but he conceded with only 611 officers, oakland pd is seriously outgunned. >> i'm being quite frank with you, i'm always in favor of more cops and that's something the city is really working hard to try to find revenues to increase the size of the force.
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>> reporter: bratton also defended his controversial "stop & frisk" strategy which is already drawing criticism from civil liberty advocates who fear it may lead to racial profiling. >> there's not a police department in america that's going to be effective without it. it's a basic tool of policing but the responsibility of police the leadership, the officers themselves the training they're given is to always do it constitutionally. >> reporter: and how does this mesh with what the average citizen wants? >> i think the cops are doing a good job with the resources they have. we just need more of them. >> they don't respond. i was robbed a few weeks ago, and they told me, go online and get a police report. >> community involvement. communities that they serve. >> reporter: at the end of the conference the chief and bratton were asked what they would use as a goal, something they can say they actually achieved and basically, the chief looked at us and said, i'd like to put you all out of business. as you know, allen, when it comes to crime, that's usually why
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